NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After splitting this past weekend’s OVC contests, Tennessee State looks to rebound against intrastate rival Memphis.
Tuesday’s match will mark the final out of conference match for both Tennessee State and Memphis. First serve for tomorrow’s contest is slated for 6 p.m. at the Elma Roane Field House on the campus of the University of Memphis
Over the weekend the Tigers knocked off Tennessee Tech on the road Friday, 3-0, but then fell to Jacksonville State, 3-0, the next night.
The offensive effort was dynamic to open the weekend against the upstart Golden Eagles. As a team the Tigers posted their second highest hitting percentage (.230) in the win, with junior outside hitter Naomi Wells leading the way with 13 kills and a .346 hitting percentage.
Junior Sherryce Butler joined in the action Friday night recording 10 kills in the matchup with Tennessee Tech.
The next day the Tigers traveled down to Jacksonville State to take on the Gamecocks. Against JSU Wells continued her hot streak to pace TSU with 17 kills. She chipped in 14 digs to record her sixth double-double.
Senior setter Erika Moss joined Wells with a double-double of her own; recording team highs in both assists (39) and digs (20). Her twenty digs marked a career high for the senior from Fort Wayne, Ind. tying her previous high from her freshman year in 2010 against Southeast Missouri.
Tennessee State’s effort wasn’t enough as the Gamecocks took the match, 3-0.
Moss has placed her mark on the TSU record book, sitting atop the career assists list she is beginning to break into other categories as well. Over the weekend the setter moved into a tenth place tie for block assists with 117 and moved into ninth in career service aces with 78.
The senior is also closing in on 4,000 career assists with 3,903 up to this point in her career.
Tuesday, the Tigers travel down to Memphis to take on American Conference foe Memphis, who come into the match with a 9-9 record. Memphis is riding a three game losing streak that has dropped their record to 1-4 in conference play.
Memphis is led by sophomore setter Veronica Zimmerman who has 710 assists on the year good for an average of 10.76 assists per set. Zimmerman has a three headed offensive attack to dish to with three averaging around three kills per set, (Catlin Lilly (3.32), Viktorjia Teivane (2.87), and Lauren Hawkins (2.80)).
Last season Memphis traveled to Tennessee State with the TSU Tigers taking the match in thrilling fashion coming back from down, 0-2. Wells led the way for Tennessee State with 18 kills as the home team hit .438 in the final stanza to cap the rally.
After Tuesday’s contest the Tennessee State Tigers will return home for its longest home stand of the year (four games), beginning this weekend. The Tigers will play host to UT Martin and Southeast Missouri on Friday and Saturday respectively.